The winners of the Greenest Blocks in Brooklyn, the annual contest (now in its 17th year!) put on by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, have been announced, and a round of applause is in order for our eco-minded neighbors. Top honors this year go to Flatbush and Boerum Hill, much like last year, but with different blocks (E 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D and Atlantic Avenue between Bond Street and Nevins Street, respectively).

Here's a look at the full list of winners, and a feel-good message from 37-year East 25th Street resident Hazel Deane, who said, "We tried for 100 percent participation. With 56 homes on the block, that’s a challenge. This year we had the most participation ever...We'd like to see all of Flatbush turn green.” But why stop with Flatbush, Hazel? Here are some tips on turning your urban backyard into the beautiful, flourishing garden it's meant to be.